NLNG reiterates commitment to Nigeria’s local content 
By EDU ABADE, Business Editor
The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited has restated its commitment to ensuring that Nigerians benefit maximally from its operations by going beyond mere compliance with Nigerian Content targets as specified in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act (NOGICD) 2010.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NLNG, Philip Mshelbila, stated this when he led a delegation on a visit to the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
The NLNG’s delegation included Deputy Managing Director, Olalekan Ogunleye; General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Andy Odeh; General Manager, Human Resources, Terhemba Makeri; Manager, Contracts and Procurement Management, Abdul Umar; Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Dagogo Buowari and Manager, Community Development, Charles Epelle, among others.
Mshelbila said the NLNG considers Nigerian Content a core part of its strategy in line with its corporate vision of being ‘a globally competitive LNG company helping to build a better Nigeria.’
He commended the NCDMB for its cordial relationship with the company, which focuses on joint value creation, citing the unique Service Level Agreement (SLA) between the NLNG and NCDMB as a classic example of the board enabling business.
He also commended the Board for the collaboration leading to the smooth take-off of the Train 7 project, which recently recorded seven million safe man-hours without any incident of lost-time injury.
The NLNG boss reiterates the commitment of NLNG to 100 per cent in-country supply of its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) volumes, stressing that within the context of the global energy transition, support of regulators like the NCDMB would be critical in ensuring access, availability and affordability of energy for domestic consumption.
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He proposed the formation of an NLNG-NCDMB Technical Working Group, which would meet periodically to discuss and resolve such strategic and other operational issues.
Responding, Wabote congratulated NLNG on the smooth and successful leadership transition, while maintaining national pride of being led by 100 per cent senior management team of Nigerians.
He assured that the regulator would continue to work with NLNG to deliver on its Nigerian Content commitments in its Train 7 Project to positively impact local manufacturing capacity and employment levels in the country. He encouraged the company to begin preparations for Train 8 and also endorsed the idea of an exchange programme of employees of both organisations to deepen the knowledge of their inner workings for better partnership and business efficiency.
He said the Board would continue to adhere to its Business-to-Business Service Level Agreement (SLA), as it remained the first in the industry and had set a standard for shortening the contracting cycle, improving compliance with the NOGICD Act and urged the NLNG to key into NCDMB’s ongoing efforts to expand LPG distribution and storage across the country.
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